Potential for state wildfires keeps firefighters alert


Despite recent rains that were recorded in some parts of Oklahoma, wildfires have kept firefighters busy in the past week, including one that burned more than 300 acres in the southeast.

The Oklahoma Forestry Division on Wednesday reported six fires in the southeast burned more than 367 acres. The Pickens Creek Fire in Pushmataha County and near the city of Antlers burned 300 acres and as of Wednesday was reported to be 100% contained.

There will be limited wildfire concern building on Thursday as drier air moves over the state accompanied by gusty winds. The recent rains, according to the Forestry Department will make firefighting difficult because of muddy conditions, meaning wind-driven fires will have the potential to spread rapidly.